Chicago Cubs: Alfonso Soriano and 5 Players Who Should Be Booed out of the City

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIJune 2, 2011

Chicago Cubs: Alfonso Soriano and 5 Players Who Should Be Booed out of the City

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 08: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out to end the 8th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on May 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    Come on Chicago Cubs fans.  

    We have all done it before with our chorus of boos and our cynical hate mail. 

    What am I talking about?

    You remember what you did to LaTroy Hawkins?

    You booed him raucously until he would give up another run, which would result in what?

    Yes, you guessed it—more boos.

    He was on the next ticket out of town before you could say, "Don Baylor."

    You remember Michael Barrett?

    He was the one who punched the No. 1 public enemy in baseball, A.J.Pierzynski, in his face, but we were all too emotional when he was in a tussle with Carlos Zambrano.

    Out the door went Barrett, and in the door came the prolific, future Hall of Fame catcher Rob Bowen.

    And who could forget the job well done in helping Jim Hendry realize the bonehead mistake he made signing Milton Bradley during the offseason.

    If it wasn’t for you Cubs fans, we would still be stuck with Antonio Alfonseca as our closer.

    But now, Chicago Cubs fans, we need you more than ever. 

    It’s time to show your displeasure with the underachieving and worthless players who are currently occupying the space on your team's roster, which should be occupied with the Darwin Barney’s of the world.

    Here are the five Chicago Cubs players that need to be booed out of the city of Chicago and hopefully, caught in a updraft out of town.

5. Aramis Ramirez

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs walks across the infield after flying out with the bases loaded to end the 8th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 27, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated t
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    The dog days are over, right?

    Throughout his years on the Chicago Cubs, everyone has noticed one thing about Ramirez besides his lack of clutch hitting, and that is he is a very lazy player. 

    He does not hustle, as he rarely runs on grounders or pop-ups, and his half-hearted attempts while fielding are embarrassing. 

    While players like Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro are busting their tails while making the minimum, the appearance of Ramirez sleeping underneath his shades at third base is starting to become tiresome. 

    We should not stand for this lethargic attitude. Get him out here before his routine infects the team.

4. Carlos Pena

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 27: Carlos Pena #22 of the Chicago Cubs waits for a mound visit during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 27, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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    Hurray! 

    Life is restored because Carlos Pena has finally knocked some baseballs out of the park after having none in the first month. 

    Let’s not be naïve here though. 

    Pena is who we thought he was, and he is the same player we saw in April. 

    Sure, he might end up with 20-30 home runs, but his $10 million price-tag is not worth it at all.

3. John Grabow

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 01:  Relief pitcher John Grabow #43 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 1, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 4-3.  (Photo by
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    Did you know he is making $4.8 million this year? 

    Did you even know who he was? 

    Neither did I. 

    Just go ahead and boo him for the sake of booing.

2. Jeff Samardzija

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 08: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on May 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    When will we all learn that Saamardzija decided to play the wrong sport, and the Cubs were fools for signing him in the first place? 

    Every single time I see Samardzija come into a game, it’s either a tied ball game where he gives up the lead, or the Cubs are winning and he gives up the lead. 

    Or the Cubs are trailing, and he helps them trail even more. 

    It’s a lose-lose-lose situation, and even for Cubs fans, that is way too much losing.

1. Alfonso Soriano

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 19:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during a game against  the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on May 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Unfortunately boys and girls, it doesn’t matter how much you boo Soriano because he is here to stay. 

    But maybe, just maybe, if we keep on booing him every day, have the left field bleachers completely empty and we throw back each of his home runs, just maybe, he might quit.